Joining at Year 7

We currently have a planned admission number of 189 students in Year 7. If there are more applicants than places, children with a Statement of Education Needs or an Education Health and Care plan which names Whitecross Hereford will be allocated places, after which, places are allocated according to an agreed set of criteria in strict order of priority.

Briefly, the criteria are as follows:

  1. Looked After Children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a resident order or special guardianship;
  2. Children for whom Whitecross Hereford is the nearest school; **
  3. Children who have an older brother or sister attending the school not only at the time of application but also when the younger child is due to start;
  4. Children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made, and/or b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;
  5. Children with exceptional medical, social or compassionate grounds for admission and whose parents can show that entry to Whitecross Hereford is necessary for the well-being of their child. Parents will be asked to support the application with a medical certificate or other appropriate information preferably from an independent source;
  6. Children who live nearest to school by the shortest available walking route.

Where applications exceed the number of places available, the priorities will be applied in the sequence indicated above. If admission of the top two categories can be satisfied but there are insufficient places for all out of area brothers and sisters, priorities will be decided first by reference to criteria two, then according to criteria five.

** In calculating the distance between Whitecross Hereford and any residential address we apply the same methodology used by Herefordshire Council. Further details about how this is calculated may be found by clicking here.

For further information, please click here to read Herefordshire Council's "Admissions to Secondary School Year 7 2020; A guide for parents and carers".

In-Year Admissions

If parents wish to transfer their child to the same age group in another school, parents should discuss the transfer with the Headteacher of the student’s present school in the first instance. If the decision is to make a formal request for transfer, parents will need to complete the relevant paperwork provided by the Local Authority on behalf of the school.

Links to our local primary schools

We have excellent relationships with our primary colleagues and work hard to ensure transition is as smooth as possible. You can visit their websites by clicking on the links below.

Broadlands Primary School
Burghill Community Academy
Holmer CofE Academy
Lord Scudamore Academy
Marlbrook Primary School
Riverside Primary School
St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School
St Mary’s CofE Primary School 
St Thomas Cantilupe CofE Primary School
Stretton Sugwas CofE Academy
Trinity Primary School
Wellington Primary School